Origen and Calvin: Christological Smackdown!

A Bagful of insights

Debates around the Trinity can be bruising – if esoteric – affairs. I had reason to enter into one last year, when I surveyed the views of two great Christian thinkers, Origen and John Calvin. What follows below represents my thoughts on what they had to say about that most scintillating of topics: the origin of the Son’s divinity.


Biblical scholars, theologians and even philosophers have, through the ages, spilled much ink trying to clarify the internal relations within the Trinity. One particular issue concerns the Son and his divinity: if the Son is distinct from the Father, in what way can he properly be said to possess the same divine essence? Two men who gave thought to the matter were Origen and John Calvin. In this essay, I will examine and compare their conclusions regarding the origins of the Son’s deity. In the course of this comparison, I…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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